A security expert: The withdrawal of the American maintenance company will turn the Iraqi F-16 into a pile of iron

A security expert: The withdrawal of the American maintenance company will turn the Iraqi F-16 into a pile of iron

05/12/2021 13:07:16

A security expert - The withdrawal of the American maintenance company will turn the Iraqi F-16 into a pile of ironA security expert, Fadel Abu Ragheef, said that the withdrawal of the American maintenance company {Lockheed Martin} from Balad Air Force base due to repeated missile strikes on it will turn Iraqi F-16 fighters into a “useless pile of iron.”

Abu Ragheef said in a press statement, “There are no longer any American or foreign combat forces in Iraq, except for maintenance companies,” noting that “the existence of such companies is for the purpose of maintenance and maintenance only, and it is a very necessary presence because it sustains {F-16} aircraft.” That Iraq bought from the United States of America, and only this company can perpetuate it, and therefore; its presence means the presence of the Iraqi air force. ”
He explained, “The withdrawal of the employees of this company will cause very serious damage, because with this withdrawal, these aircraft will turn into a mere pile of iron that is useless and useless.”
The company, “Lockheed Martin” withdrew from Iraq, on Tuesday, threatening the entire program of maintenance of Iraqi combat aircraft.
The company left Balad Air Base, south of Salah al-Din Governorate, after “several missile attacks that the authorities seem unable to stop,” as she put it.
“The company’s technicians are conducting the necessary maintenance operations on Iraqi combat aircraft, and without these operations, combat sorties will not be possible,” Iraqi military personnel
said in a statement . The aircraft manufacturer said in a statement that it “is transferring the F-16 team that is based in Iraq.” Due to “considerations related to employee safety.”
The decision comes after the Balad air base, which hosts the planes and the company’s technicians, was repeatedly bombed by missiles, the most recent of which was the bombing on May 3.
AFP quoted an Iraqi official, describing it as a high-ranking one, as saying that “the crews The company has already left Monday morning, and the team includes 72 specialized technicians from Lockheed Martin, “while another military source also confirmed the team’s departure from the base.
The US Department of Defense (the Pentagon) said,”The US government is coordinating closely with the company to ensure continued support for the Iraqi F-16 program. ”
Currently, the company is conducting deep maintenance operations on aircraft, with the help of Iraqi technicians who are performing less comprehensive and in-depth maintenance phases.

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